Experiences that connect classroom lessons to the real world can help to motivate students to learn, asserts high-school Spanish teacher Bryan Upshaw. In this article, he shares how teachers can use video-conferencing to bring real-world experiences into the classroom.
An international robotics tournament, held last week in Washington, D.C., highlighted the barriers that students from some countries face as they pursue their education. Students from impoverished countries discussed the challenges of meeting the expectations of a technology-driven world when they lack resources, opportunities and political support.
Technology increasingly is part of teaching and learning, and a recent report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt finds that educators are more confident in education technology. The survey also reveals the need for additional planning time to implement technology and more devices.
Some educators are taking a more open approach to students' use of mobile devices. Morgen Larsen, with the Northwest Council for Computer Education, says it's time to shift from "staying ahead of the digital native" to allying "ourselves with our youth so they can help us protect them."
There may be more incidents of cyberbullying on Instagram than other social-media platforms, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people. About 42% of Instagram users reported being bullied, compared to 37% on Facebook, 31% on Snapchat, 10% on YouTube and 9% on Twitter.
Floppy disks and computer games "Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?" and "Oregon Trail" are all examples of technology that educators and students will remember from the 1990s. This commentary offers those examples and more, as well as their 2017 equivalents.
Federal Communications Commission nominees discussed potential funding cuts for the federal E-Rate program during a US Senate confirmation hearing this week. Nominee Jessica Rosenworcel said she would not vote to reduce funding, but nominee Brendan Carr said he would remain undecided until the commission received "information about whether it's working or not."
Students in a growing number of schools have access to telemedicine. Dr. Steve North, a specialist in adolescent medicine and the medical director of the Health-e-Schools program, says the model helps expands the reach of school nurses, but it does not replace them.
More than 1 in 5 girls are cyberbullied in the US -- compared with 1 in 10 boys -- according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this commentary, Carmen Caldwell of the Citizens' Crime Watch of Miami-Dade writes about the dangers of cyberbullying and why it more often affects girls.
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